Calix partnering in $39m Australian government low carbon research

Phil Hodgson, Managing Director, Calix

Australian technology company Calix Limited is pleased to announce it is partnering in a low carbon research project, which has won $39 million in Australian government funding.

Calix is a key partner in the Heavy Industry Low-carbon Transition Cooperative Research Centre (HILT CRC), which aims to reduce carbon emissions of Australia’s heavy industrial processes.

Expectations from Calix partnering with HILT CRC

The HILT CRC brings together heavy industry players, government and research, and aims to boost the capability of Australian companies to remain globally competitive.

This is through capitalising on existing mineral and renewable energy resources to become leading international producers and exporters of low-carbon products.

The $39M federal government funding boosts HILT CRC’s resources from its partners to more than $210 million cash and in-kind contributions over 10 years. 

Calix managing director Phil Hodgson said, “We are excited to be a key partner in the HILT CRC and welcome today’s funding from the Australian government.”

“It will provide opportunities for Calix to grow its expertise and network with some of Australia’s largest heavy industrial and mining companies, while helping to develop CO2 hubs, fast track projects and advance Australia’s long-term capability for low-carbon projects.” 

“It is a chance to demonstrate the technology developed for CO2 mitigation in the production of cement and lime through our European LEILAC-1 and 2 projects in an Australian setting”

“We get to explore other more sustainable applications for our technology in heavy industry, backed by this impressive team of researchers and industrial participants.”

Calix to harness HILT CRC partnership

As part of the HILT CRC, Calix will continue to develop its technology for the reduction of carbon emissions from lime and cement production.

They will use its Calix Flash Calciner (CFC) technology to develop other more sustainable processing applications such as for bauxite processing for the aluminium industry and production of calcined clay from kaolinite for use in new lower carbon cements.

News of the successful HILT CRC bid follows Calix’s $1M Australian government grant to develop and transform its biotech manufacturing capacity at Bacchus Marsh in Victoria.

In the HILT CRC research, partners will work together to reduce heavy industry’s CO2 emissions, which currently account for some 20% of Australia’s total output.

The industrial sector globally accounts for 32% of all CO2 emissions, of which approximately half are from the heavy industrial sector.

Increased competitiveness resulting from heavy industry adopting low emissions energy technology could provide an additional 376,000 direct and indirect jobs and contribute up to an additional $120 billion into the Australian economy.

It is led by University of Adelaide Director of the Centre for Energy Technology and Deputy Director of the Institute for Mineral and Energy Resources Professor Gus Nathan

The CRC research team includes the University of Adelaide, the Australian National University, CSIRO, Curtin University, University of Newcastle, Swinburne University, Queensland University of Technology and international partners Arizona State University, German Aerospace, MINTEK and the University of Canterbury (NZ).